|Subject:||Re: [Fsuk-manchester] Petition to the UK Government to apologise for the prosecution of Alan Turing|
|Date:||Sun, 30 Aug 2009 15:09:47 +0100|
2009/8/27 Andrew John Hughes <address@hidden>:
> Alan Turing was the greatest computer scientist ever born in Britain.Thanks, signed :)
> He laid the foundations of computing, helped break the Nazi Enigma
> code and told us how to tell whether a machine could think. He was
> also gay. He was prosecuted for being gay, chemically castrated as a
> 'cure', and took his own life, aged 41. The British Government should
> apologize to Alan Turing for his treatment and recognize that his work
> created much of the world we live in and saved us from Nazi Germany.
> And an apology would recognize the tragic consequences of prejudice
> that ended this man's life and career.
> Please sign at http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/turing/
Alan Turing and others who suffered similarly certainly deserve an
apology from the British Government IMO.
On a related note, I've taken Alan Turing's history in Manchester for
granted since I've moved here and have yet to visit the Baby computer
at MOSI or even Alan's statue in Sackville Park. Anyone up for a tour
one weekend or have any good suggestions on where else to visit?
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